Kellogg Observatory reopening at Buffalo Museum of Science

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The Kellogg Observatory was added to the roof of the Buffalo Museum of Science in the 1930s, but by the 1990s, it was falling apart. It closed to the public in 1999.

That changes this weekend.

The museum held a private ribbon cutting Friday morning, and is hosting big Grand Opening celebrations for the public through the weekend.

This marks a major moment for the museum and for all of the community members who donated to make the massive Observatory Project possible.

The $1.8 million renovations included everything from making the rooftop accessible to all visitors to bringing the historic observatory back to life.

“We had to replace the dome on the Kellogg Observatory, we had to restore the historic Lundin telescope, we had to repair the roof deck,” said Marisa Wigglesworth, President & CEO of Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences. “A great variety of steps along the way.”

Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, the museum will have extended hours from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. to give visitors a chance to enjoy the final results.
The rooftop facilities offer two telescopes for both daytime solar viewing and nighttime stargazing opportunities.
The nightime viewings this inaugural season will include a look at several planets that will be visible in the skies over Buffalo. “We have a whole slew of planets to look at, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars, all at some point during the summer,” said Tim Collins, the new astronomer for the Kellogg Observatory.

The observatory will be open Wednesday nights when skies are clear to give more visitors the chance to see the cosmos for themselves.

“What I hope they take away is just the wonder and the awe and the beauty of the solar system and the universe in general,” Collins told News 4, “because that’s really what it’s all about is just learning your place in space and figuring out what it’s all about.”
The grand opening of the observatory has a special place in the museum’s history. It marks the completion of the long list of projects to transform it into a contemporary, revitalized facility.
To celebrate, the museum is launching a new branding campaign with a new logo and slogan: “Find Why.”
“Science is all about asking questions. It is pursuing the question of why,” Wigglesworth explained. “That has moved science forward and of course, science it what’s moved humanity forward.”
“So we are celebrating that the Buffalo Museum of Science is a place to ask questions and discover,” she added.
To learn more about everything the Buffalo Museum of Science has to offer, you can check out the museum’s revamped website at

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